St Mark’s: The Venue

  • St Mark's has probably the best acoustic of any small concert venue in Edinburgh. The sound is warm, lively, clear and immediate. The atmosphere is intimate and appealing for both performers and audience.
    — Peter Evans, Pianist and Conductor
  • St Mark's is a wonderful, intimate chamber music venue with outstanding acoustics. Its location in central Edinburgh close to the major large scale theatres and concert hall adds to its appeal.
    — Matthew Stoddart-Kennedy, Hebrides Ensemble
  • The venue - St Mark's Unitarian Church on Castle Terrace - was totally compatible with the intimacy of the occasion. The appreciative audience thrilled to the warm ambience of the building.
    — Kenneth Walton, Music Reviewer, The Scotsman
  • Interfaith in Edinburgh would be poorer if it wasn't for the support and house space which St Mark's gave it in the early years. It has played a pioneering role in the growth of interfaith activity in Edinburgh, it is to it's credit that less rather than more such activity occurs there now.
    — Emeritus Professor Frank Whaling, President, Edinburgh Interfaith Association

Venue Summary

Venue Maximum Capacity
Type of Space Size Charge for 4 Hour Session Charge per Week
The Church 200 Auditorium with
grand piano
Platform Dimensions:
9.5m x 3.5m
£150 N/A
The Upper Hall 60 Meeting Room with kitchen / servery 7m x 8m £100 N/A
The Lower Hall 60 Meeting or
Rehersals Room
4.5m x 10m N/A £400

The Church (auditorium) and The Upper Hall are let together for public events, such as concerts or lectures. The auditorium has a maximum capacity of 200 persons.

The Church and the Upper Hall, either together or separately, are suitable for private meetings and rehearsals. The maximum capacity of the Upper Hall is 60 persons, chairs and tables are available.

The Lower Hall provides a high quality space for rehearsals of smaller-scale theatre groups and music ensembles, or for small conferences. Its maximum capacity is 60 persons, chairs and tables are available. The Lower Hall can be accessed independently via a back door.

See Charges for further detail on letting fees.

The whole building has been recently extensively refurbished and offers a high quality venue in a very central Location in Edinburgh.

For Edinburgh Festival Fringe please also see separate entry.

There is a ramp access at the front of the building which leads on to level access to the auditorium and upper hall which are both on the ground floor. There are spaces available in the auditorium for wheelchairs and prams. The platform in the church is wheelchair accessible via removable ramps. There is an accessible lavatory located at the rear of the upper hall. Two lavatories off the main front vestibule are readily available from the rear doors of the auditorium.

Contact Us

For all enquiries and bookings for venue (outwith the Festival Fringe) please email: